The highly rated Manchester City star, Bernardo Silva, who was said to be one of the brightest attacking midfielders in Europe, arrived from Monaco this summer in a fee of £43 million, but is yet to be a starter under Pep Guardiola. In order to get more inside information on this case we had a quick chat with Ken Daglish, Manchester City insider for FootballPredictions.com, to get some exclusive info.
The current form of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne has been blocking the way to Guardiola’s first team for a player with the ability to play in many attacking positions.
Comparisons have been made to Leroy Sane when he first signed for Manchester City, struggled to cope with the English league in his first months at Etihad.
The manager told Manchester Evening news: “Leroy needed time to adapt a bit – to the way we play, Bernardo doesn’t – he believes and is ready to play.
“It’s because I decide (that he doesn’t). My feeling is that he’s playing at a high level. Leroy was not confident at the start of last season, he didn’t believe how good he was. Bernardo is very good. It’s so difficult to leave him out.”
“Bernardo is in the same situation as Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. He’s able to play and has amazing quality and personality.
“He is not scared. It doesn’t matter where he plays.
“But other players are on top form.”
Bernardo Silva along with Ilkay Gundogan and development player Phil Foden were given their first start in the Champions League on Wednesday in the Group F finale against Shakhtar Donetsk. City succumbed to their first defeat of the season losing to the home team 2-1, with Aguero coming on from bench to score a penalty in the late minute. In their next Premier League fixture the Citizens will face Manchester United at Old Trafford. Several Premier League predictions see two well balanced teams that will share points.